Karen Hardy spills on replacing Len Goodman on Strictly Come Dancing

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Karen Hardy has spoken out about replacing Len Goodman on Strictly Come Dancing.

Len confirmed before the last series that the 2016 show would be his last on British TV.


Len said: “In 2004, I was asked to take part in a brand new BBC Saturday night show and who would have thought me, old Len Goodman, would still be part of this amazing series more than 10 years on.

"This adventure began when I was 60 and now that I’ve reached my 70s, I’ve decided after this year it’s time to hand the role of Head Judge to someone else."

He added: "It is an honour being part of the wonderful Strictly Come Dancing family and I’m looking forward to my last series very much and to whatever comes next.”

No replacement has been confirmed yet but former pro Karen Hardy is up for the job and reckons Strictly could do with "another strong woman".

Whether or not it could be her, Karen wouldn't say but teased: "For now it’s all closed doors."

Karen told The Sun on Sunday newspaper this weekend: “Darcey is incredibly talented and knowledgeable –she’s been dancing ever since she was a little girl, like me.

“I say girl power, we all love girl power. It would be great to balance the panel out with another strong woman."

The It Takes Two regular added: “But for now it’s all closed doors, it’s completely in the hands of the execs at the moment.

“I just hope a lucky star will shine down on me as I would love to do it – it would be an absolute honour to stay part of a show I’m so passionate about.”


For now, Karen joins Len and Craig Revel Horwood on Strictly's live tour.

Strictly Come Dancing will be back on BBC One later this year for its brand new series.

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